Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White is not taking any extra precautions to ensure UFC 158 headliner Nick Diaz doesn't test positive for marijuana for a third time in his career ahead of the biggest fight of his life.
Diaz, who challenges Georges St. Pierre for the UFC welterweight championship at UFC 158 on March 16, 2013, is currently serving a 12-month suspension handed down by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for having traces of marijuana metabolites in his system following his UFC 143 bout against Carlos Condit in Feb. 2012.
The Stockton native's first suspension came in 2007 when he defeated Takanori Gomi under the PRIDE FC banner. Diaz was suspended nine months by the NSAC and the fight was later overruled as a "No Contest."
Over the years, Diaz's name has almost become synonymous with marijuana in the mixed martial arts (MMA) community. Considering his history, most promoters would likely take extra precautions to avoid a third positive test, especially prior to such a monumental fight.
The UFC President claims he hasn't spoken to the 29-year-old about the situation, but thinks another positive drug test for Diaz would be "crazy."
From his conversation at Tuesday's UFC 158 pre-fight press conference in Montreal:
"Listen, I'm not his father. I mean, it would be crazy (if he tested positive again) but, it's like when I talk to the media and stuff sometimes they're like, ‘What are you going to do about steroids? Or what are you going to do about this, what are you going to do about that?' I got 475 guys under contract that live all over the world, I'm not your father. We're regulated by the government, the government comes in and regulates us. If you do steroids, if you smoke weed, if you do any other banned substances you're going to get caught, you're going to get fined and you're going to lose the ability to make a living for a year. I mean, I don't know what else to say."
But what would White do if Diaz tests positive again? Especially in a situation where he defeats St. Pierre? The UFC President is unsure what his course of action would be; all he knows is that it wouldn't be fun to deal with.
"It would be (expletive) brutal," he said. "I don't know what we would do. I would want to jump off a bridge."
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